Take Three Colours: Watercolour Lakes & Rivers: Start to Paint with 3 Colours, 3 Brushes and 9 Easy Projects


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Even if you have never picked up a paintbrush before, professional watercolour teacher and artist Stephen Coates will show you how to paint lakes and rivers in watercolour using just three brushes, three colours, a plastic palette and a watercolour pad.

Using just red, blue and yellow paint Stephen shows you how to paint nine realistic watercolour scenes. There is no off-putting colour theory or long-winded mixing information, just a practical absolute beginner’s course that shows the three colours in action. Build your skills through each of the nine easy paintings, starting from the simplest of scenes and ending with a more challenging, stunning picture you’ll be proud to have painted.

There are step-by-step photographs for each project, clear instruction and advice throughout, and handy tips and jargon busters. Each of Stephen’s finished paintings is shown at full size for easy reference, which you can even use to trace from for a stress-free painting experience.

This is a straightforward, economical, practical progressive course to painting lakes and river scenes in watercolour.

Stephen uses the following paints and brushes in this book:

Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours – Raw Sienna, Light Red and Ultramarine.
Brushes – Proarte Series 101 round size 2, Series 101 round size 8, Proarte 3/4inch Mini hake flat goat hair brush.

Additional information

Dimensions 216 × 292 mm

Stephen Coates

Author Bio

Stephen Coates is a full-time professional watercolour painter and teacher, based in Sheffield, north of England. Largely self-taught, Stephen's own experience learning to paint in watercolour has given him a unique insight into how to teach the same medium, and it's his down-to-earth and positive charisma that has won enthusiasm and praise from his students. Stephen regularly runs courses and workshops at his studio in Sheffield, and hosts his own amateur art groups; in addition, he frequently demonstrates and shares his skills at art societies and shows all over England.

This is Stephen's second book, and he has made it his mission to bring the excitement of his live teaching into these pages, so that you can truly experience the exciting process of learning – and understanding – watercolour in a vivid and lifelike way in the comfort of your own home.



Book Type

Paperback / softback